Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Formal Wear

It's prom season. Even though D is only 12, she is acutely aware that all over the city, there have been 17 year old girls buying dresses and shoes and earring and necklaces for their grad parties. I spoke to my high school (sewing and foods) teacher friend Jo last weekend and she reported that this year was the first time in ages that all of the girls at her school's prom wore tasteful, age-appropriate dresses - she was very impressed. Apparently no one looked like they were heading for an after-prom shift on a downtown street corner.

Yes, I am the mother of a tween struggling to find the balance between cute girl clothes and hooker attire. Luckily, D spends about 75% of her life in sports uniforms, jeans and workout clothes for Circus, but if you can recommend some good stores, please do! Now that this place has come to Canada, I am feeling increasingly helpless against the "but this is what ALL my friends wear!" argument. It's a tough job being the meanest mom. Who's with me?

I'm not sure how I got onto that tangent, considering this post is about baby clothes. I finished part two of my baby nephew's welcome present.

Formal wear for Iain by Poppyprint

He'll be spending his summer at the cottage, but you never know when a formal occasion might present itself. A little guy has got to be ready with a onesie and matching sweats, right?

The 112 month size organic cotton onesie and sweats were purchased here and I got the idea from my friend 'e' at PinkSuedeShoe. I worked it out on my own, but you can buy a pattern for this project here.

Happy June, friends! Would someone please alert the authorities that it's time for summer in Vancouver? But WAIT, first we complete the hockey season. Tonight it's GAME 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Right here. Our Canucks. Are going to win the cup. If you've jumped on the bandwagon, or have been a fan forever, then you may want to seal the deal in cloth. Get your free patterns here.

And just for good measure:

go Canucks, go!!!!


Amy Friend said...

Oh, so cute! As for the clothing issues...ack! It makes me anxious just thinking about it. I am going to be dealing with this in no time with Lily and she is so stubborn and strong willed. Oh my...I have to go think about something else now.

Krista said...

Oh gosh, it seems you have one of the most grounded daughters out there. Wardrobe issues already? Like Amy I'm also scared about reaching this stage with my girls! Stick to your guns. Make a compromise that let's her be "cool" without being inappropriate. Oh, and let me know HOW you do that, because I have no clue!

Hockey is so much fun. I hope the Canucks win it!

Hazel said...

Thats funny I just now said good bye to my son who is returning to his home in Vancouver ,its hot and sunny and 38 here in Ontario , raining and 16 in Vancouver .

pinksuedeshoe said...

See, I've been dressing my girl in thrifted sheets and tablecloths. I can't even comprehend the horror that will rain down when she realizes what I've been doing... Cute formal wear though, quite adorable :)

Live a Colorful Life said...

so I just raised a boy. jeans and t-shirts pretty much.

I'm rooting for the Canucks for sure!

Kristie said...

Yayyyyy Canucks!!! 19 seconds left!!

p.s. NHL back in Winnipeg, too. Yahooooooooo!!

happy sew lucky said...

D is no trollop, she'll be just fine. Your nephew, on the other hand, may end up being an accountant with this outfit. (Not that there's anything wrong with that!) Hilarious with the tie an' all.

Ruth said...

Hooray Canucks! Yes, coming right from Pittsburgh Penguin territory, a shout out to the Canucks!! It's my hockey goalie son's favorite team and my well... second favorite team :)
So funny, not sure how I got to your blog but I'm sure it had something to do with fabric/quilting.... and here I am talking hockey!

Anonymous said...

My rules of thumb growing up were anything sheer or low cut required a tank underneath and anything too short required leggings. maybe she can start her own style with some funky jewelry and accessories!

Lori said...

Sweet present!! With 2 Grandaughters I am dismayed
By the trend to dress children as adults.
There is A lot of hookerwear for even
Little girls. Who would put their 3 year old
In a sequin halter dress anyway?
A 3 year old! More "mean" Moms please!!!

Jennifer said...

That is so cute! And I'm with you on the clothing choices for girls... do I really want my 7 year old wearing short shorts with "Juicy" on her rear??

BTW, I was looking for your email address this morning after I saw your comment on Cindy's blog. I have an extra copy of Quilter's Home if you would like for me to send it to you!

Jennifer :)

Patti said...

Just found your blog via Live A Colorful Life! I'm so glad I did! Although there are no tweens in my house, I feel your pain.
I'm in Saskatoon and we're not having great weather either...yuk. Good time to be indoors watching hockey...go Canucks!! Another game tomorrow...could they possible drag this out any more?
Oh yeah, and don't you just love the 2-4-1 bag? I made one this Spring using outdoor fabric and it turned out fabulous.

Mama Spark said...

Love this outfit!! Adorable!!!

Unknown said...

Luckily both my girls are adults now so I have zero say in what they wear. If they want to galavant around town in their skivvies there's nothing I can do about it. And I'm good with that; the pressure is off, you know?

Cute embellished onesie for those last minute black-tie occasions. You are a girl-guide and always prepared, aren't ya?

rubyslipperz1052 said...

This is a GREAT WAY better than just a t-shirt and cute!


Micmacker said...

I love this store - I know there's one in Montreal, but you can order online. Really, really nice clothes, with no sparkles and nothing written across the butt (last time I checked). Also Boden is good, but kind of pricey.